May Report 2022

Remembering Allan Hart In some small way this is to thank Allan for all his help both with conservation work and companionship he has given me over all the years. In 1998 he “introduced” me to the Richmond Hills by way of getting me to help him cutting out weeds, the likes of old man’s beard, passion vine, nightshade, gorse and such. We wandered through all the valleys that run down to Richmond:...
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April Report 2022

Will Reports: A big thank you to Janice Gibbs! Courtesy of the birds, she had many totara and other natives seedlings popping up in her garden and when she offered them, just couldn’t refuse. I ended up with 44 totara, 2 pseudopanax, 1 lemonwood & 2 coprosma. Most have been potted up forplanting out later. Kevin also has had around 40 odd native plants donated too – karaka, koromiko,...
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March Report 2022

Will Reports: It has been a good growing season; now and then. January and March had less than average rainfall but February had more than three and a half times the monthly average so it seems that this made up for the shortfall in the other months. And with all the carbon around (so they say) it has been great for the trees and shrubs for growth and producing all that extra oxygen for us. Yet,...
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February Report 2022

Will Reports: We have done some track and windfall maintenance and some search and destroy of weeds like Banana Passion Fruit, Old Man’s Beard and Himalayan Honeysuckle. Planted some renga renga and sowed some seed to try and get some undergrowth established under the existing trees. Another day I met up with a group of home schooled kids on the track so took them on a little tour. They...
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January Report 2022

Will Reports: More summer weedeating over six days in January and now completed and just before the recent rainfall. Interesting how it does fall – with this recent rainfall until Friday 4th morning: Near the start of the track above Hill St, Alastair had 72mm. At my place (below Hill Street) 57mm, Kevin, a little further down from me 64mm and Mike (just off GladstoneRoad) 45mm. And at...
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End of Year Report 2021

Alastair Mackintosh Reports: Hi Will. Nothing much once again for this past month. Getting to be a bit of a habit. Which means perhaps – just perhaps – we are all getting on top of these nasties. One hedgehog in total. All traps still in place, but not much sign of anything. More than usual activity with regards to Kereru at the moment. I think they may have nested once again in a...
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November Report 2021

Will Reports: Earlier we have had problems with rabbits eating the tops of some of this years plants around Grassy Saddle but talking to Simon Rayward, and he has been sorting out  things on his property and combined with the long grass now, hopefully the rabbit numbers have been reduced.  We have received donations from Ken Lefever and Mark, (sorry but I don’t know his full name....
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October 2021

Kevin Reports: We have had a good Spring with rain scattered through, and this has been good for plant growth. We have planted or replanted the last of the trees and shrubs for the season. A new table has been placed on Grassy Saddle, thanks to David Burt and Richard Hilton for their help. Runoff from the cleared forest land has caused problems with the walking track, and our next project is to...
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September 2021

Kevin Reports: Recent heavy rain events seem to have caused sheetwash to knock down and remove understorey plants on some steeper areas, so with Will we have we have planted multitudes of small Rengarenga. We have also planted In gaps with Coprosma and Manuka around on Grassy Saddle, and I have put more tussocks (Red, Blue, Curled) and Haloragus around the edge of Table Flat. With Will we have...
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August 2021

Will Reports: With the Chinese virus lockdowns on the go, not very much work done up the gully. However, the traps were checked, some before the lockdown too. A little bit confusing as the Nelson CC stopped traps being checked while DoC carried on! Many people walked the tracks (but were they 2m apart??) As Dawn reported: “I have just been up the Gully and gosh, there were soooo many people. The...
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July 2021

Will Reports: A lot of rain happened this month but not much by the native planting & weed-disposal gang. The trappers have been busy though, doing their rounds of the traplines. Plenty of dog walkers not under control as per usual. The photos were taken in a “dogs on lead area” No wonder that the weka are scarce now.And some people are using the closed track by Grassy Saddle. How do they...
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June 2021

Will Reports: A Great Day on Wednesday the 23rd June for the help we received and the sunny day. Twenty two people from our group, Keep Richmond Beautiful and council staff and contractors. Also included were some friends of Bruce’s. Five hundred natives plants all in before lunchtime (gone by lunchtime!) The photo at left shows the line up of vehicles on Hill Street from where we ferried people...
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May 2021

Will Reports: A welcome to Marleen who wishes to join the group and thanks to Brent Beloe for his donation of a larger tree, which we planted up near Grassy Saddle. For me, I’m retiring from all voluntary work at the end of this planting season. It’s been a long journey of doing this from talking to scout/cubs/girl guides/venturers, school classes and youth groups on the outdoors in one form or...
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April 2021

Will Reports: More planting up around the table on Grassy Saddle but some have been disturbed. It’s just the School Holidays! But do wish people could think just a little? Also we have had one rat trap and tunnel stolen! Plus a Geocaching ‘location’ that was nearby was found and tossed over the fence – guess some of the trinkets are missing. Anyway, the GPS thing is still...
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March 2021

Will Reports: Three mice caught at home over night in the same trap. It is one of those traps with four sets and I’m still looking to catch four at once.  Total for our place for this month was 5 mice.  A welcome to Len Davenport who lives along Hill Street and is keen to join our group.  We have been clearing and preparing around the logs/slash heap by the table on Grassy Saddle...
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February 2021

Will Reports: Not a great deal done this month except for preparing for the winter plantings. We have tracked down more vines and poisoned, that have sprung up through our earlier plantings. Kevin and I have been sorting out are collection of native seedling plants – mainly keeping them watered. From hardly seeing a wasp nest the last few months to finding nine in February (and five at...
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A Return to Walk the St James

I first walked the St James in the year 2000 with Frank Saxton, then again with Ron, Polly and Shirl in 2014. So this was the third time and with Karla. The track, depending what you read, goes from to 64km to 67km long. We chose to start at the long end of 67km starting from the Lewis Pass car park. So we were on our way. Ho! We Have Got Our Country Back! Well, almost as there are still many...
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December 2020

Will Reports: Spraying and clearing weeds seeking out those pest vines that have sprung up in our plantings through December. Thanks to Paul Peychers for another lot of native plants. Some have been planted out and some potted up for the next planting season. Thanks also to Ross MacDonald and Brian Hirst for their gift of all those native plants and to Richard Hilton of TDC for his help with...
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January 2021

Will Reports: January has been sort of catching up with things like weed spraying (quite a lot) releasing around the new plants and looking out for pest vines that have crept up here and there through our plantings. The trappers on their traplines haven’t caught too many pests, maybe because of the dryness or perhaps with all the pine trees gone nearby, we haven’t had much infiltration? Earlier,...
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November 2020

 Will Reports: Very quiet this month due to the logging, then we had some rain, which was good, so went up a couple of times with Dawn, did some more late planting and weeding plus removed some old spray guards.   Bryan Riley Reports:  Hi Will,   Only one rat caught on the waterfall line. Nothing for the Wilks line. Cheers, Bryan.  Bruce Harvey Reports: Hi Will, Not...
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